Eiichiro Oda

Eiichirō Oda
Born Oda Eiichirō (尾田 栄一郎)
(1975-01-01) January 1, 1975
Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Manga artist
Years active 1992–present
Employer Shueisha
Known for One Piece
Spouse(s) Chiaki Inaba (m. 2005)
Children 2

Eiichiro Oda (尾田 栄一郎 Oda Eiichirō, born January 1, 1975) is a Japanese manga artist, best known for his manga series One Piece (1997–present). With over 345 million copies in circulation worldwide, One Piece is the best-selling manga series of all time. The series' popularity resulted in him being named one of the manga artists that changed the history of manga.

Early life

Eiichiro Oda claimed that at age four he resolved to become a manga artist in order to avoid having to get a "real job".[1] His biggest influence is Akira Toriyama and his series Dragon Ball.[1][2] He recalls that his interest in pirates was probably sparked by the popular TV animation series titled Vicky the Viking.[3] He submitted a character named Pandaman for Yudetamago's classic wrestling manga Kinnikuman. Pandaman was not only used in a chapter of the manga but would later return as a recurring cameo character in Oda's own works.


At the age of 17, Oda submitted his work Wanted! and won several awards, including second place in the coveted Tezuka Award. That got him into a job at the Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine, where he originally worked as assistant to Shinobu Kaitani's series Suizan Police Gang before moving to Masaya Tokuhiro on Jungle King Tar-chan and Mizu no Tomodachi Kappaman,[1] which gave him an unexpected influence on his artistic style. At the age of 19, he began working as an assistant to Nobuhiro Watsuki on Rurouni Kenshin, before winning the Hop Step Award for new artists. Watsuki credits Oda for helping create the character Honjō Kamatari who appears in Rurouni Kenshin.[4]

During this time, Oda drew two pirate-themed one-shot stories called "Romance Dawn", which were published in Akamaru Jump and Weekly Shōnen Jump respectively in late 1996.[5][6] "Romance Dawn" featured Monkey D. Luffy as the protagonist, who then became the protagonist of One Piece.

In 1997, One Piece began serialization in Weekly Shōnen Jump and has become not only one of the most popular manga in Japan, but the best-selling manga series of all time. It sold 100 million collected tankōbon volumes by February 2005, over 200 million by February 2011, and had over 345 million volumes in circulation worldwide as of 2013.[7][8] Additionally, individual volumes of One Piece have broken publishing records in Japan. Volume 56 received the highest initial print run of any manga, 2.85 million copies, in 2009.[9] Volume 57's print of 3 million in 2010 was the highest first print for any book in Japan, not just manga. A record that was broken several times by subsequent volumes and currently held by 67's 4.05 million initial printing in 2012.[10] In 2013, the series won the 41st Japan Cartoonists Association Award Grand Prize, alongside Kimuchi Yokoyama's Nekodarake Nice.[11]

In a 2008 poll, conducted by marketing research firm Oricon, Oda was elected fifth most favorite manga artists of Japan. He shared the place with Yoshihiro Togashi, creator of YuYu Hakusho and Hunter × Hunter.[12] In their 2010 poll on the Mangaka that Changed the History of Manga, Oda came in fourth.[13]

For the tenth One Piece animated theatrical film, Strong World, Oda created the film's story, drew over 120 drawings for guidance and insisted Mr. Children provide the theme song.[14][15] Additionally, a special chapter of the manga was created and included in tankōbon volume 0, which was given free to attendees of the film and also contained his drawings for the film.[16]

Oda and Akira Toriyama created a 2007 crossover one-shot called Cross Epoch, that contains characters from Toriyama's Dragon Ball and Oda's One Piece. In 2013, they each designed a Gaist character for the video game Gaist Crusher.[17]

Personal life

In 2004, Oda married Chiaki Inaba, who played Nami in one of Shonen Jump festa.[18][19]

After working as assistants to Watsuki, Oda, Hiroyuki Takei and Mikio Itō remain good friends.[1][20] He also stated several times that he is friends with Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro, the author of Toriko.[1]

Oda referred to Masashi Kishimoto as both a friend and a rival.[21] For the title page illustration of One Piece chapter 766, which ran in 2014's 50th issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump alongside the final two chapters of Kishimoto's Naruto, Oda included a hidden message and other tributes in the art.[22]

In 2009, a woman was arrested for sending roughly one hundred threatening emails to Oda between September to December 2007. The woman's husband was an assistant at Oda's office who had been dismissed.[23]




Data books

Art books


  1. 1 2 3 4 5 One Piece: Blue – Grand Data File. Shueisha. 2002. ISBN 4-08-873358-4.
  2. One Piece Color Walk 1. Shueisha. 2001. ISBN 4-08-859217-4.
  3. "Vicky the Viking Anime Adapted into Live-Action Film". Anime News Network. 2008-01-07. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  4. Tei, Andrew (2005-07-05). "Anime Expo 2002: Friday Report". Mania Entertainment. Retrieved 2008-05-08.
  5. "One Piece's 'Prototype' Romance Dawn to be Animated". Anime News Network. 2008-07-10. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  6. Oda, Eiichiro (November 1998). Wanted! (in Japanese). Shueisha. p. 202. ISBN 978-4088726311.
  7. "'One Piece' manga tops 300 million copies in print". Asahi Shimbun. 2013-11-12. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  8. "One Piece Manga Has 345 Million Copies in Print Worldwide". Anime News Network. 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  9. "One Piece #56 Manga Gets Record 2.85-Million Print Run". Anime News Network. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  10. "One Piece Manga #67 Gets Record 4.05-Million Print Run". Anime News Network. 2012-01-01. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  11. "One Piece, Keiko Takemiya Win 41st Japan Cartoonist Awards". Anime News Network. 2012-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  12. "Oricon: Nana's Yazawa, DB's Toriyama are Most Popular". Anime News Network. 2008-03-04. Retrieved 2008-03-04.
  13. 『日本の漫画史を変えた作家』、"漫画の神様"手塚治虫が貫禄の1位. Oricon (in Japanese). 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2013-02-18.
  14. "One Piece Creator Oda to Oversee Production of 10th Film". Anime News Network. 2009-05-11. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  15. "Mr. Children on 10th One Piece film, Becky on Shin-chan". Anime News Network. 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  16. "2009 One Piece Moviegoers to Get Manga Vol. 0 in Japan". Anime News Network. 2009-10-18. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  17. "Dragon Ball & One Piece Creators Designed 2 Gaist Crusher Enemies". Anime News Network. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2014-01-01.
  18. Chiaki Inaba
  19. Oda's Personal Bio
  20. Watsuki, Nobuhiro (1999). "Interview with Nobuhiro Watsuki". Kenshin Kaden. Shueisha. ISBN 4-08-782037-8.
  21. "Shonen Jump Manga Creators Also Send Off Naruto With Comments". Anime News Network. 2014-11-18. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  22. "One Piece Manga Sends Off Naruto With a Classy Secret Message". Anime News Network. 2014-11-06. Retrieved 2015-04-18.
  23. "Woman Arrested for Threatening One Piece Creator Oda". Anime News Network. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2014-01-01.

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